Adam is the Co-Founder and CEO of Afficionado Coffee Roasters. With a background in finance, Adam oversees the daily operations of Afficionado and acts as the company's lead visionary. He founded Afficionado Coffee Roasters in 2008 with a homemade roaster, selling at local farmers markets. Since then he has nurtured the company through the chaotic industry landscape, never compromising his initial principles and bootstrap approach. When he’s not traveling the world visiting the farms, Adam loves sailing, snowboarding, cooking, gardening and flying small airplanes. His ideal coffee is the Guatemala Asdelflor, at sunrise, through a v60 pour over.
Peter Turso is a James Beard-recognized chef with a diverse background spanning fine dining, hotel and resort production, as well as recipe development for corporate entities. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Turso is inspired by the unexpected depth and infinite nuance that can be found in coffee. Leveraging his chef’s palate, he participates at every level of coffee production, from farming to harvesting to roasting by hand here in New Jersey. He hopes that his dedication proves itself in every sip, and that coffee enhances your journey, wherever life takes you. And bring a camera! Outside of work, Chef T enjoys being in nature: gardening, hiking, and snowboarding. He is an amateur photographer and pretty decent guitarist.
John Michael Beam started with Afficionado back in 2010 as a field associate, cultivating a diverse network throughout New York and New Jersey. Today, John Michael is Director of Client Services, overseeing all market segments including hotels, corporate offices, and restaurants across the eastern seaboard. He enjoys spontaneous travel and anything outdoors - especially mountain biking, boating, and snowboarding. John Michael rotates through the Afficionado coffee portfolio, but always prefers a pour over.
Kyle has been working with Afficionado Roasters since 2013. He is the Michelangelo of latte art, but more importantly he’s spent time on most of our farms, getting to know producers, process, and origin stories for each coffee. He ensures product quality in the field through on-site trainings and equipment maintenance. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and takes his coffee black, drip, and in small servings throughout the day.
Paul Merces is a co-founder of Afficionado Coffee Roasters and now oversees all warehouse operations. Born and raised in Holmdel, NJ, in 2007 he decided to leave the family business to pursue a life in coffee, and now oversees all warehouse operations. In his free time he enjoys running, boating, mountain biking, and spending quality time with family and friends. His go-to coffee is the Dolce Blend with milk (Chemex pourover) during the colder months and 12-hour Cold Brew for the summer.
Raised in Holmdel, New Jersey Matt has had a lifelong interest in the beverage industry. As a Roaster / Brewers Assistant, Matt assists with all aspects of production and fulfillment. Matt is also an accomplished musician who plays with bands in Asbury Park. Recently his band traveled to Austin, Texas to play at South by Southwest. His favorite morning coffee is pour-over black.
Who’s Tyler Navarro? He’s the baddest cat you’ve ever laid two eyes on. In the coffee industry, he’s known as the Crema de la Crème. When he’s not supplying excellent service as a field support technician, he’s bringing joy and good vibes to the party. His hobbies are staying cool, keeping mellow, and sipping on espresso, especially if it’s of the Benchmark variety.
Born and raised in Indiana, Joe studied Visual Communications and Studio Art at Loyola University in Chicago. After stints as a touring bassist and a graphic designer in the jewelry industry, Joe joined Afficionado as Creative Director in December 2019. In his free time he likes to see live music, explore new neighborhoods, and play card games. He drinks cold brew all year round, and prefers Ethiopian Yirgacheffe in the colder winter months.
After years of experience in the hospitality industry in NYC, Orlando found his passion in coffee, from farm to cup. He now works on the technical side for Afficionado, fixing and dialing in coffee equipment so our clients are set up to pour the best coffee drinks. Orlando's personal favorite cup of coffee is Peru- Punku Rumi brewed in a V60, black.
Cait is a Brooklyn-based creative writer with career experience in journalism, client relations, and the NYC hospitality industry. She fills the role of Customer Experience and Marketing Manager at Afficionado. Born and raised in Idaho, Cait grew up exploring the beauty of the Northwest, where she garnered an appreciation for coexisting with nature and wildlife. When Cait isn’t writing on her “novel-idea-of-the-week” she enjoys sewing, developing new recipes, unwinding at Prospect Park, and spending time with her favorite people and her foster cats. Cait’s year-round coffee order is an Americano over ice.
Born in Lanciano, Italy and raised in Raritan, New Jersey, Ralph brings a solid technical background to the table, servicing the tri-state area as a field service technician. Ralph enjoys spending quality time with his family as well as gardening, making homemade wine, and cycling. He prefers drinking Magical Cold Brew during the day and has an espresso after dinner.
Originally from Brooklyn, Devon now resides in Freehold, NJ. He enjoys working as an Afficionado field technician, traveling around the tri-state area making sure coffee is delivered on time. His favorite drinks are Cascara and Vera Cruz pour over coffee. In his free time he enjoys bowling, playing video games. and watching his favorite sports teams: the Brooklyn Nets and the Seattle Seahawks.
Kim was born in Upstate New York and traveled a lot as her father was a member of the U.S. Navy. Kim moved to Florida where she raised her son, but eventually moved back to the Northeast because she loved and missed the change of seasons. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and has years of experience in the manufacturing industry. Kim loves to hit the gym, spend time with her husband and her friends, and explore new places. Kim’s year round coffee is Magical Cold Brew!